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Kyiv-Mohyla Hit Hardest as Government Slashes Higher Education
Kyiv Post, July 21 2011
Marta Farion, President of Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America
Ukraine's Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sports on July 8 launched its most recent action aimed at one of Ukraine's most respected universities, National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, hitting other progressive educational institutions as well when it announced its budget for the coming year.
The proposed budget slashes funding between 43 percent and 50 percent for several Kyiv-Mohyla departments, including Philosophy, Economic Theory, Finance and the Law School. It also terminates stipends for students in journalism and social work the Master's programs. While a number of Ukraine's other national universities experienced budget cuts, Kyiv-Mohyla was singled out for particularly harsh treatment.
Immediate and strong reaction followed the proposed budget cuts at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy President Dr. Serhiy Kvit said: "The University will continue its ongoing discussions and dialogue with the Ministry of Education but we are troubled by the actions of the Ministry and their impact on the education of our country's young generation."
Kyiv-Mohyla's Alumni Association declared support for its Alma Mater immediately after news of the cuts surfaced. It announced a stipend program and scholarships for the cut Master's programs. Other donors in Ukraine also announced support.